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The Six Key Principles of Mindful Qigong 

After many years of practicing Qigong and meditation, the two gradually melded into one practice for me. As I thought about how to remember and teach others the key principles that bring optimum results, an acronym finally emerged: BIPAVE. The six letters also hold some meaning in the sense that the practice “paves” the way for energy to flow as on a “byway”, upwards and downwards in it’s many pathways through and around the body. I’ve summarized the principles below for easy reference:

Breath – Be conscious of your breath throughout the class. Notice its qualities: how fast or slow, shallow or deep, regular or uneven. Expand your breathing, gradually increasing depth and evenness, exhaling fully each time. Continually bring attention back to breath and let the qigong movements follow its rhythm.

Intention – Take a moment to become aware of where you most want comfort or healing today, be it physical, emotional, mental or social/spiritual. Be specific with your statement of intent; for example, “pain gone from …”, “forgiveness from …”, “no more fear of …”, release anger about …”. The effect of intention is strong.

Posture – Bring your body into its best posture to enhance the flow of qi/energy.  Ground your feet on the floor, your bum on the chair, and reach your head to heaven. Imagine a silver cord drawing your body up into alignment.  You will look and feel better as all your organs have more space and you come into balance.

Awareness/Mindfulness – This is about paying attention and noticing what’s going on with your whole self. Being mindful of your breath, body, feelings and thoughts and accepting it all without judgement. Whenever your thoughts stray, gently bring your focus back to your self in this present moment. Awareness is empowering!

Visualization – Allow your imagination free reign for each of the movements. Be an archer aiming and successfully hitting the target; create a beautiful sky above you for the heavenly stretch; imagine your lungs expanding as precious vessels with every inhalation! For guided meditations open all your senses to the experience.

Enjoyment – What does joy feel like for you – in your body, mind and soul? Bring the memory of that into your Mindful Qigong practice. Celebrate the movement of your body, delight in the scope of your imaginings, bask in your calm mind and uplifted spirit. Enjoy your renewed and balanced ENERGY.

I would also like to mention that as a practice group grows larger, the sense of the energy grows stronger. Just as I offer this gift to you, your presence is a gift to me and others as we practice together in a group. Welcome to my classes. They are currently held in St Vincent Park, Barrie, Wednesday mornings at 9.00 and 10.00. There is no fee, you may just pass-it-on as you can.

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Mindfulness for Health and Hope

“During this trying time, we can all benefit from positive, inspiring messages and encouragement. Join me every Tuesday at 10 a.m. for a phone-in audio program where I will provide guided meditation and simple exercises to help calm your mind and soothe your soul. This program is offered as part of the City of Barrie’s Seniors Centre Without Walls initiative. To register for this program, contact City of Barrie Recreation Programmer Jessica Gourlie at
705-739-4220 ext 5688 or by email Jessica.gourlie@barrie.ca.”

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Meditation: On Four Planes

Meditation: On Four Planes

As I was thinking about what meditation does for me, the usual answers came up like “relaxed” “centered”, “blissed out”, “clarity” “oneness” “all-pervading love”, “pain-free”, not-to-mention “disturbing insights”.  Then came the question “But how does this come about, how do different techniques help bring about these outcomes”?  Well the answer or answers certainly won’t be simple, but as soon as I remembered how we work with energy for healing on four progressive planes – the Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual, everything became clearer. Aha! Perhaps intentionally opening to awareness on each plane will enhance our practice, so here are some initial thoughts about optimizing all four planes.

The Physical Plane: We are taught to use progressive relaxation in preparation for meditation, relaxing each muscle group in turn. All of this and more we do to tune into our body selves, the first vibrational plane, and if you add the intention of noticing any tension or pain in the body field along with the desire to release it, expect miracles.

The Emotional Plane: When it comes to emotions, I find we are most likely to not be aware; or alternatively, to consciously shut them down. This is a practical means to protect ourselves from overwhelm, so you might ask for safety for your emotional field, to open the door just a crack, or even to begin to let go of the obstacle of fear. Then relax and expect miracles.

The Mental Plane: Generally, meditation guidelines focus on this plane, quieting the mind and moving to the vantage of observer. When we focus on breath, it combines the physical and the mental (naturally engaging the emotional feeling self as well). The use of a mantra helps keep the mind at a still point. When you take a moment to address current worries of the mind, to acknowledge them and set intention to find answers or to release them, expect miracles.

The Spiritual Plane: Here’s where the real power, the pay-off, comes. When you set the intention to be open to others in non-judging and to connect with your highest self and higher power, to sense the love in and all around you, expect miracles.

Aha! In Mindful Movement (Qigong-based Meditation), I start every session with these four intentions – starting with Physical through Emotional and Mental to Spiritual, the highest vibrational plane. Now it is all coming together!